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Lok Sabha elections 2019 Highlights: All NDA allies showed support to PM Modi, says Rajnath Singh

PM Modi also attended the Union Council of Ministers meeting at BJP headquarters in New Delhi today, where he expressed his gratitude to them for their "service to nation". 

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi felicitated by the NDA alliance leaders at Ashoka Hotel Delhi on Tuesday. (Express photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah hosted top leaders from the NDA in New Delhi Tuesday, two days before Lok Sabha results will be announced. Speaking to the press afterwards, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that all NDA allies showed support to PM Modi.

PM Modi also attended the Union Council of Ministers meeting at BJP headquarters in New Delhi today, where he expressed his gratitude to them for their “service to nation”.

Earlier in the day, opposition leaders from 22 parties met the Election Commission Tuesday demanding tallying of VVPAT slips with EVM results. Their demand includes the matching of at least 5 EVMs with VVPAT in a constituency and if it does not match, then verify all EVMs at a constituency.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu, Congress leaders Ahmed Patel, Ghulam Nabi Azad, NCP’s Praful Patel, Samajwadi Party’s Ramgopal Yadav, TMC’s Derek O Brien, and CPI’s D Raja and Sitaram Yechury are in attendance at the meeting. Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy was also supposed to be part of the meet but he cancelled his trip at the last minute.

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PM Modi and Amit Shah will host NDA alliance partners in New Delhi for a dinner Tuesday.

Rajnath Singh: We will invest Rs 25 lakh crore in the rural and agriculture sector

Speaking to the press after the NDA meet, Union minister Rajnath Singh said, "We will invest Rs 25 lakh crore in the rural and agriculture sector."

Rajnath Singh: NDA pledged to take country ahead on the road of progress

Speaking to the press after the NDA meet, Union minister Rajnath Singh said, "NDA has vowed to take the country ahead on the road of progress and will invest Rs 100 lakh crore rupees investment in infrastructure."

PM felicitated by NDA alliance leader at dinner meet

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP and NDA alliance leaders at the dinner hosted at Ashoka hotel in Delhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi felicitated by NDA alliance leaders at Ashoka Hotel in Delhi Tuesday. Modi is hosting NDA alliance leaders over a dinner.

Modi, Shah meet Union ministers to thank them for 'service to nation'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday met Union ministers from the BJP as well as allies at a meeting hosted by party president Amit Shah at its headquarters.

The BJP described the meeting as an occasion to thank ministers for "their service to the nation" ahead of the counting of votes for the Lok Sabha election on May 23, following which a new government will assume charge.

Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, Arun Jaitley, J P Nadda and Prakash Javadekar were among the key leaders from the BJP at the meeting.

(PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Union Council Ministers' meet

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with NDA leaders at the Union Council Ministers' meet in New Delhi Tuesday.

Chandrababu Naidu: We are asking Election Commission to respect mandate of people

After the meeting with EC, TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu said, "We are asking Election Commission to respect mandate of people. It cannot be manipulated,"

(PTI)

Congress: Worried about transportation of EVMs ahead of counting of votes

Speaking to the press after meeting with EC, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said, "Opposition parties raising concerns over transportation of EVMs ahead of counting of votes." His fellow Congressman Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that they have been raising the same issue with the EC from the last 1.5 months but the poll body is not responding. He further said the EC has assured to meet again tomorrow to consider their demands. 

(PTI)

Congress: EC's responsibility to ensure that polls were held in a fair and unbiased manner

Urging the Election Commission to take immediate and effective steps to address the complaints of EVMs tampering, the Congress spokesperson Rajeev Shukla Tuesday said it was the EC's responsibility to ensure that polls were held in a fair and unbiased manner.

"Complaints about movement of EVMs are coming from various parts of the country. Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana, Punjab -- there have been complaints of taking out of EVMs from strongrooms from various places. People's suspicion and anger are increasing," PTI quoted him as saying.

Yechury on VVPAT tallying: EC yet to come out with a procedure in case there is a mismatch

At the Opposition meet today, Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Yechury said, "On VVPATs and the EVM tally, the EC is yet to come out with a procedure in case there is a mismatch. Even if there is one mismatch in the VVPAT samples picked for counting and EVMs, to maintain the integrity of the electoral process, all VVPATs in that Assembly segment must be counted." (PTI)

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N Chandrababu Naidu of TDP, Farooq Abdullah of NC, D Raja of DMK, Abhishek Singhvi of Congress and Sanjay Singh of AAP outside the Supreme Court in New Delhi on Tuesday. (Express Photo: Praveen Khanna)

The Supreme Court Tuesday dismissed a PIL seeking 100 per cent matching of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips with Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) during the counting of votes on May 23 for Lok Sabha polls.

The apex court has asked the EC to tally the VVPAT slips with EVM figures of five polling stations in each Assembly constituency across the country, which may delay the results.

Most exit polls on Sunday had forecast another term for Modi, with some of them projecting that the BJP-led NDA would get more than 300 seats to comfortably cross the majority mark of 272 in the Lok Sabha. The BJP is expected to win big in key states like West Bengal, with the saffron party increasing its tally compared last time.